Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Today In Oldies 8/17/2010

If it's happening in Oldies, you'll hear it FIRST @ Golden Hits Radio's Everything Oldies......


This week, to demonstrate the power of disco at its peak in the late 70's, Everything Oldies is shining the spotlight on Disco songs done by artists who you'd never have expected to succumb to the influence of the mirror ball.  In spite of the critical beating and eventual fan backlash that Disco inspired, there was no denying that it was making cash registers ring at record stores across the country.  Artists who were known for everything BUT Disco eventually took note, and eventually Disco songs came from the unlikeliest of sources.  Yesterday, we featured KISS's 1979 hit, "I Was Made For Lovin' You".  Today, we look to the Haight-Ashbury District.....

The Grateful Dead were already well-established rock superstars by 1978.  They emerged from the Woodstock generation, and by the late 70's they had gained a reputation as one of the best live acts of all-time with a fanatical cult following.  In spite of raking in the bucks with concert tours, however, the band never really had a studio album hailed by critics in the same way many of their colleagues did.  They also had never had a Top 40 pop hit up to that time.  The Dead constantly experimented with new styles and sounds in the studio, so perhaps it was inevitable that at Disco's apex, they would give it a shot and see if it stuck. 

Written by the group's leader and lead singer, Jerry Garcia, and Robert Hunter, here's The Dead's shot at becoming kings of the discotheque.......the title song from their 1978 album Shakedown Street..........


Golden Hits Radio's Burning Question of the Day

Which classic "summer song" was originally titled "Switchblade"?

Check back tomorrow @ Everything Oldies for the answer, and leave a Comment with your best guess!

Yesterday's Burning Question (and Answer) of the Day

What was the advance price for a ticket to Woodstock in 1969?

Answer: $6.00, or if you had a wild hair and just made the road trip at the spur of the moment, $8.00 at the door



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